Good morning! It has been longer than I would like since I posted a recipe. Who knew summer was going to be so busy? Two weeks ago, I made baja chicken taco pizzas for my family. They were a HUGE hit and a wonderful change of pace from a typical pizza night. Try them out and enjoy!
Baja Chicken Taco Pizzas
(recipe from "Simple & Delicious, June/July 2011)
Prep: 20 minutes Bake: 20 minutes + standing
Yield: 6 servings.
Yield: 6 servings.
**When I make this recipe, I increase it to make 4 pizzas to feed my family of 7...so your amounts may "look" different than my photos).
1 cup ranch salad dressing
1/4 cup salsa
1 Tbsp. lime juice
3 Tbsp. minced fresh cilantro (plus 1 Tbsp. to sprinkle on top before serving)
2 cups cubed cooked chicken breast
1 envelope taco seasoning
1 prebaked 12-in. thin pizza crust
1/2 cup chopped tomato
1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
2 cups (8oz) shredded part-skim mozarella cheese (you can substitute fiesta blend or cheddar)
2 cups shredded lettuce
2 medium ripe avocados, peeled and thinly sliced.
In a blender or food processor, combine the salad dressing, salsa, lime juice and cilantro. Cover and process on high for 1-2 minutes or until smooth.
In a small bowl, combine chicken (cooked, cubed) and taco seasoning.
**TIP: I place my uncooked boneless, skinless chicken breasts in a large pan, sprinkle with the taco seasoning and bake at 400 until done. This gives them a great color and a richer flavor. What I don't use for this recipe, I save and use for tacos later in the week.
Cut up the chicken into bite size or cube pieces.
Place crust on an ungreased 12-inch pizza pan. (personally, I do that part last...but I need to be able to fit 4 pizzas on my counter)...
Spread salsa mixture (your "sauce") over crust. I like to use a ladle, start in the center and then spread the "circle" outward. Perfect every time!
Sprinkle with the chicken mixture, tomatoes, onion and cheese.
I like to add a little extra chopped cilantro for more flavor and a "pop" of color.
Bake at 425 for 17-20 minutes or until crust is golden brown (watch carefully, as ovens differ...mine were ready to take out at 14 minutes)....now mine is on a pizza pan...
Let stand for 10 minutes before cutting. Sprinkle with lettuce; top with avocado slices.
Serve immediately. Enjoy!